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Page Speed Messiahs

Watch out for the low barrier to entry “expert” position known as WordPress Optimization Experts. Today I had to save yet another client who got lured in by the false promises pushed by these page speed messiahs who’s real job is to over optimize your site and give you more moving parts to deal with in your website’s technology stack.

After logging in to the client’s site I found two new cache plugins installed, both of which are redundant as all required caching is done on the server level already. The line of thinking by these phonies is that “one cache plugin is great, but you know what would make the site faster? TWO PLUGINS! #logic”.

When in doubt, you should always be on the side of doing less when it comes to website performance and always begin on a solid foundation with a great web host like SiteGround (affiliate link) and a truly optimized theme yet feature rich theme that removes the need for may Plugins, like Marketers Delight.

Creating new sites and developing new features on MD5.0 is a dream come true. It seems that every time I push the limits of the new framework I discover it can do something new, something I hadn’t fully accounted for but only had an abstract idea of scaling to while in development. It brings a tear to my eye to think back on the long and grueling hours of developing these ideas to see them effortlessly handle the load being put on them today, and exceeding those expectations.

MD5.0 Development

is going well, these past two weeks I have averaged at least 4+ hours a day on MD5.0 (many days going over 9) and I am extremely relieved to have the most critical things left to do in a nice bulleted list on my whiteboard.

Taking a couple day break around Christmas (you will probably see me here more), and will take that refreshed energy to knock out the rest of those items. Due to how massive a rewrite of MD this has been, I am releasing MD5.0 after a public alpha and beta test stage.

Alpha will be a period where those of you who volunteer to test MD5.0 on blank sites can take it for a spin and find any bugs and send in usability improvements.

The Beta period will be for testing existing sites (you’ll want to use a staging site for this) and running the updater script needed to port data from the old format to the incredibly improved format. I am confident that this updater will go smoothly and move any options around without losing your settings. There will be a few small exceptions, but nothing flicking a few switches won’t fix.

The other big news of MD5.0 is that Page Leads will be formally deprecated and available as a Dropin. Because of what MD5.0 will now make possible with frontend site editing (coming around MD5.2 or 5.3), the Page Leads system will no longer be in the mix and replaced with an alternative far more powerful.

See the MD5.0 development thread for insights into MD Optins, the new Site Design panel, developer tools, and other enhancements coming to MD5.0. As I wrap up the hardcore development groundwork, I will be moving to the sexier “flashy” features that this now makes possible and start back up the newsletter and blog to start hyping this incredible new iteration of Marketers Delight.

Stay tuned. 🙂

Catching up

It always feels great to catch back up on forum thread and email. The development of MD5.0 has been challenging on me but the progress so unbelievably exciting that I am pushing through. Now that I am out of the cave for a bit it’s time to sketch some ideas for the newsletter which will return this Friday! Thank you all for your patience with my responses.

MD5.0 Going all in

Lately my routine has been general work by day, MD5.0 development by night and I am making this quick entry as I wrap up another successful night! MD5.0 is going all in by not only revamping underlying APIs, but also rewriting the typography system to be far more precise and make writing dynamic CSS extremely simple. Thanks to the new rewrite I went ahead and updated some of the default elements of the MD design, including the comments area and pagination to give it a more modern look.

Back to the forums tomorrow, see you soon with another quick update!

Ending another night of MD5.0 development with the realization that so long as I keep building and showing you the vision as it comes to life, we can achieve anything here.

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